National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day is observed next on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 (146 days from today).

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It is a special day for the sweetness that a piece of chocolate incorporates in our lives.

National Chocolate Parfait Day is annually commemorated on May 1st. Dating back to 1894, it's considered one of the most "perfect" desserts in the United States and around the world. Come in to learn more about chocolate parfait.

History of National Chocolate Parfait Day

Parfait is a frozen dessert made with eggs, sugar syrup, and cream. Traditional French parfait is made with the above ingredients. In the United States, chocolate parfait is made from cream layered with flavored syrup (in this case, chocolate) or fruit along with whipped cream and liqueur. People often top it off with nuts and more whipped cream, and even maraschino cherries. Many people also make use of layered yogurt with fresh fruit and nuts. The word 'parfait' is a French word derived from the Latin word 'perfectus', which translates into English as 'perfect'. It refers to layers that are related to desserts, which can be combinations of different creams, syrups, and fruits.

Chocolate parfaits and other parfaits, usually served in a tall, narrow container (parfait glass) with a long spoon for the chocolate sauce waiting at the bottom. The fact that you can enjoy the syrup right on the bottom is what sets it apart from a sundae, where only the syrup is on top.

The oldest recipe involving parfait dates back to a French cookbook from 1869. This is a coffee-flavored frozen dessert made in a tall, thin cream mold. Although the name of the day is National Chocolate Parfait Day, you are most welcome to experiment with any other flavor of your choice. Ice cream and fruit go well with chocolate along with cookies and crackers. The options are endless.

Interesting truths about National Chocolate Parfait Day

  • Chocolate was used as a form of currency in the Aztec region and served as a beverage. The drink was similar to today's hot chocolate.
  • In Spain, the chocolate trend was brought over from the Aztecs, as a gift of emperor chocolates to one of the visitors to Spain.
  • There is a plant called Theobroma cacao which means "Food of the Gods" and from which cocoa powder is extracted to make chocolate.
  • The serving of Parfait desserts comes in a tall, narrow, and vertical glass, and the glass is specifically referred to as the “Glass Parfait”, both in the US and in France.
  • In some regions of France, the dessert Parfait is served on a plate rather than a Glass Parfait.
  • After eating or smelling chocolate, people feel relaxed because the smell of chocolate releases some theta brain waves that trigger relaxation.
  • Chocolate factories claim that it takes only about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  • According to reports, there are 600 flavor components of chocolate.

How to celebrate National Chocolate Parfait Day

  • Eat your favorite Parfait dessert.
  • Make yourself a Parfait dessert.
  • Try new and different Parfait desserts.
  • Host a gathering of friends and family where everyone has to bring their favorite Parfait dessert.
  • Gather and gather information on the history, origins and early recipes of the Parfait dessert.
  • Celebrate your day by viewing the day and ordering your favorite Parfait dessert from your favorite spot or making one at home.
  • Try something new as a topping on your usual Parfait desserts, such as with some fruit, or nuts, or whatever you choose.
  • Give your sweet friend a treat of their favorite Parfait dessert.
  • Don't forget to post your celebratory style on social media platforms like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • Moreover, use hashtags for your posts on social media platforms, such as #NationalChocolateParfaitDay, #ChocolateParfaitDay, #FavoriteParfaitDessert.
  • If you've never had a Chocolate Parfait flavored cheesecake, you must try it because it's well worth it.
  • Send a Chocolate Parfait Dessert to an old house.


National Chocolate Parfait Day has been observed annually on May 1st.


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